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Big Deal
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
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Nikon D300s
1.3 secs @ f/22 ISO320
Nikon sb900 flash (on camera)
repeating flash 12x @ 8 hertz
1/128th +1/3 flash power
Sigma 10mm - 20mm @12mm

Minimum Post Processing in Lightroom 3.3
- noise reduction (worth the money for this alone)
- s-curve minor tweaks
- increased clarity
- small amount of black clipping

taken against black cloth background (one side light diffused).

The trick to getting the cards falling nicely is to drape the black curtain over a table creating a nice curve so the cards slide into a single pile.
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Linda A. Braddock
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    Martin, WOW! Fantastic Capture!

12/13/2010 4:52:24 PM

 
Allen Hughes
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Outstanding work and final product, Martin.

12/13/2010 11:46:23 PM

 
Dave Montero
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Fantastic work Martin!

12/14/2010 12:15:23 PM

 
Martin J. Wells

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Thanks a lot. It ONLY took 100 takes to get this shot. Each time I had to pick up the cards of course:-)

12/17/2010 7:17:43 AM

 
Karen Celella
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Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Martin.

1/19/2011 5:45:23 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your creative and cool finalist Martin!

1/19/2011 10:08:22 AM

 
Allen Hughes
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I'm not at all surprised to see this again. A well deserved finalist choice.

1/19/2011 11:25:15 AM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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I can only imagine how proud you must be feeling right now. What wonderful news! CONGRATULATIONS, Merna

1/20/2011 11:02:46 AM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o)

1/20/2011 3:38:38 PM

 
Cindy Bendush
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Awesome winner Martin! Super creative use of repeating flash!

1/23/2011 2:35:35 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Big congratulations on this awesome 2nd Place Win Martin!

This would have received Grand Prize from me, even though the one that won, was outstanding! Hey, they could have had 2 Grand Prizes...lol

jo ann c.

1/23/2011 6:37:19 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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This is amazing, Martin...congratulations on your win for it! I had to laugh at your comments about the re-takes...picking up the cards again and again. Well worth it...this is fantastic!!

1/24/2011 2:38:14 AM

 
Karen Celella
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I'm thrilled to see this with a gold winners badge! Congratulations on your outstanding award, Martin!

1/24/2011 10:25:44 AM

 
Martin J. Wells

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Thanks to everyone for there kind and encouraging comments.

1/25/2011 1:44:40 AM

 
Linda Blair
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Awesome winner...congratulations!!!

1/25/2011 9:52:59 AM

 
Usman Bajwa
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CONGRATULATIONS.....!!!

UB.

1/27/2011 8:14:37 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Excellent Martin, congratulations on your win!

1/27/2011 8:43:03 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Another beautiful creation! Congratulations Martin, and thanks once more for sharing your process!

1/29/2011 5:20:29 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Congratulations on the win, Martin -- this is gorgeous against the black. I thank you, too, for explaining your work. I may never try this myself, but I admire your persistence and it obviously paid off.

1/29/2011 6:04:48 AM

 
Dave Montero
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Congratulations Martin. Fantastic winner.

1/30/2011 1:46:17 PM

 
Martin J. Wells

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I've attached an image showing the before and after post processing.

1/31/2011 6:30:14 AM

 
Martin J. Wells

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  BigDeal_BeforeAndAfter
BigDeal_BeforeAndAfter
© Martin J. Wells
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1/31/2011 6:30:51 AM

 
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